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CADOS presents

 

‘Our House’

 

Script by Tim Firth, Music by Madness

 

 

Directed by Paul Carr and Mark Jones

 

Musical Director - Paul Carr

 

Choreographer / Producer - Rebecca Dickinson

 

 

 

AUDITION NOTICE

 

Auditions on Sunday 29th January 2017 – at 1pm, at Chorley Little Theatre

 

 

 

This Production

Our House is a musical with music and lyrics by Madness and a book by playwright Tim Firth. The show features songs from the ska/pop band Madness, and was named after one of their popular hit singles, "Our House". Premiering at The Cambridge Theatre in 2002, Our House was the winner of the 2003 Olivier award for Best New Musical and has since gone on to tour both nationally and internationally to great acclaim.

Through the music of Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us, through a script that is packed with humour and poignancy in equal measure.

The show follows the lead character, Joe Casey, through two different pathways that his life could take following a single split second decision in a moment of madness (see what we did there?!) and the ultimate consequences of that decision as the two worlds follow their parallel paths.

This will be a high energy and exciting production so if you are not into fun then don’t attend the audition!

 

The Performances

Mon 12th - Sat 17th June 2017 (inclusive) – 7:30om nightly at Chorley Little Theatre (please check availability before auditioning!)

 

The Rehearsals

 Initially - Sundays 1pm - 4pm (from mid-February) for singing and dancing rehearsals

 Then Mon, Weds, Fri (7.30pm – 10pm) and Sundays (1pm - 4pm) to pull the whole thing together (weekdays starting mid to late April).

 A full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the production has been cast.

 

The Production Team
This is the strongest production team that you could assemble for a CADOS production.

Mark Jones is Artistic Director of CADOS and this will be his 12th main season production as director, with past production including ‘Pals’, ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and Blood Brothers’.

Paul Carr is the theatre’s Technical Manager but this will also be his 8th CADOS production as a director (including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “I Love You Because”) as well as having produced, musically directed or designed countless plays, pantomimes and musicals for CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre.

Rebecca Dickinson has been dancing since the age of 8 and has choreographed numerous CADOS productions over the last 14 years.

The production will feature the usual high production standards that CADOS shows enjoy, along with a live 7-piece band.

 

The Auditions - Interested?

One joy of Our House is that it is hard to conceive of a cast shape in which everyone doesn’t at some point have their moment. Whilst there is a need for some characters to have strong vocal or dance abilities, anyone with the ability to hold a tune and move to a beat (and the willingness to do so!) is welcome to audition as there are parts available to suit all types. The auditions will be in three sections:

SINGING: Firstly (as the show is a musical!) there will be a singing audition for all auditionees. The singing demands of the show are different for individual characters, so first and foremost we are looking to see if you can hold a tune. Most of the Madness songs are not too tricky to sing and it doesn’t matter if some of the vocals sound ‘rough’ – in fact the notes for the show say that the ensemble numbers should sit somewhere between musical theatre and the gusto of a rugby crowd! Having said that some of the major characters (see below) will also need to be able to sing accurately to a high standard, with harmonies and good levels of dynamic control, so there are parts available for all levels of singing ability.

The singing audition piece will be a short excerpt from “It Must be Love”, with the lyrics / music for the section we are using, and MP3 files of the track and vocal guides available on the theatre website (in the audition notice event). Please note that male and female auditionees will sing ALL the audition piece – the guide tracks are just split because for the higher demand singing parts we will be looking to have people split into the short harmony parts at the end to see how well you can sing against a different tune. We will also go through these parts briefly at the audition so don’t worry if you are reading this on the Sunday morning and haven’t listened to the parts – come along anyhow!

Music for the audition pieces can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/chorleyrobbie/sets/our-house-audition-music
Lyrics are downloadable on this page.

 

DANCING: Similarly to the singing, the parts have a variety of dance / movement demands, and if you are going for a high ability dancing part (see below) you will need to do a dance taught to you on the day, please wear appropriate dancewear and shoes. As with the singing, all auditionees will participate in a group dance piece to assess that you have ‘some’ movement (so please come appropriately dressed!)

 

ACTING: The final audition section will be performing short extracts from the show, provided on the day, to judge your performance ability, ability to create and maintain a character, and your ability to take direction. Make sure that you give a performance in this stage of the audition, thinking about your movement, emotion and use of voice for example, not just stood reading the lines! The play is set in the Camden area of London so an appropriate accent would be ideal but not essential.

 

PLEASE NOTE – This is not a youth show, and will not be matroned so therefore you must be at least 16 years old (and have left high school) to audition - and as the younger characters start at age 16 and age to early 20s during the show we are anticipating the cast to predominantly be aged 18+.

 

The Roles

 

THE ‘YOUTHS’ – start aged 16 and end the show in their early 20s High singing ability required (very high in the case of Joe and Sarah)

 

Character

Gender

Dance Ability

Vocal Range

Details

JOE

M

High

A3-G­4

Sixteen, rough diamond but a diamond nonetheless. Large, very physically demanding part.

SARAH

F

High

B4-G5

Girl next door, slightly more middle-class background.

EMMO and LEWIS

M

High

A3-E­4

Joe’s best mates, loosely related to him and taken in by Joe’s Mum. The former is a big kid who would chase sticks if you threw them, the latter a more sensitive lad with a more exposed moral nerve. Good comic timing and outgoing characters required.

BILLIE AND ANGIE

F

High

D4-E5

Sarah’s best mates, sharp-tongued and sassy with their eyes on a way out of their lowly social beginnings. Intolerant of males, except well-bred ones.

REECEY

M

Mid

E3-E­4

A smiling, charming, superficially likeable force of darkness. Lead vocal for some songs (such as Baggy Trousers) but can be ‘rougher’ than the other youths.

 

THE ADULTS – Joe’s parents are aged 35+ with some singing required (Mid ability) – in the case of Joe’s Dad this could be mostly a ‘spoken in tune’ affair if needed. Mr Pressman is aged 30+ and only has a short sung section (similar to an ensemble member in terms of vocal demand)

 

Character

Gender

Dance Ability

Vocal Range

Details

KATH (Joe’s Mum)

F

Mid

A4-C5

Beaten down by life but never beaten, a heart the size of a house with a huge, feisty love for her family.

JOE’S DAD

M

Mid

C3-F­4

A man of fun and spirit who married the right woman but took the wrong path in life, died as a result, and is now desperate for his son not to repeat the pattern.

MR PRESSMAN

M

Low

D3-B­4

Like Reecey, except middle-aged and in control of a large company. Needs a good stage presence.

 

THE ENSEMBLE – Minimum of 6, but could easily be more. A range of ages and characters is acceptable for this group, which includes dancers but these should blend seamlessly with the rest. All ensemble need to be able to hold a tune but we anticipate there could be a range of vocal ability!

 

Character

Gender

Dance Ability

Details

ENSEMBLE

Mixed

Low

Play a host of other characters (which could be doubled), some with solo singing lines, some without, some comedic etc. Including but not limited to Priests, Teachers, Neighbours, Security Guards, Salespeople, Policemen, Prisioners, Vegas Showfolk, Lawyers, Students, etc

DANCE ENSEMBLE

Mixed

Very High

Ensemble roles (as above) who also take on the more technical dance sections, and realistically need to have had formal dance training

 

 If anyone has any questions or queries prior to the audition then please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca on 07521 977707, or email Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.